2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE
For 2016 Aston Martin is aiming for a couple of World Endurance Championship (WEC) titles. The British luxury performance car maker will have two entries in the GTE Pro class and one entry in the GTE Am class. The cars will compete in the series which includes the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.
Many may already know it, but in WEC Aston Martin has managed a class victory 23 times. That number is more than any other manufacture that has competed in the series.
Updated 2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE
For this season revised regulations have allowed the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE to have a completely reworked aerodynamic package. The changes include a more pronounced rear diffuser. Aston Martin Racing is confident that they will be a leading contender this season.
David King, Head of Global Motorsports at Aston Martin said: “It’s fantastic to launch our 2016 race program here at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters. It’s an important point in time for the brand with the upcoming launch of DB11 and the 2016 motorsport season is an equally exciting prospect. Motorsport is a key part of Aston Martin’s DNA and it’s vital that we’re represented by such a strong line-up. We’re very much looking forward to our home race at Silverstone and the first opportunity to see the 2016 V8 Vantage GTE in competitive action.”
New Technical Partners for Aston Martin
In 2016 Aston Martin Racing will only be running on rubber produced by Dunlop for the entire WEC season. After a lot of testing during the winter months the Sport Maxx GT racing tires were the decided set for the series.
French energy specialist TOTAL will provided technical support, both at the factory and at the track during the season. The company has over 60 years of experience in the knowledge and research of automotive fluids. This experience should aid Aston Martin as they go through another grueling endurance season.
John Gaw, Managing Director of Aston Martin Racing said: “We’re pleased to welcome our new sponsors and technical collaborators to the Aston Martin fold. With an extremely competitive World Endurance Championship ahead of us, I’m confident we have our strongest driver line-up to date and we can expect plenty of success throughout the season.”
WEC Season Starts
The opening round of the WEC season is the six hours of Silverstone on April 17th. We’ll keep you up to date on the race, so make sure you are subscribed to get all of our daily updates. Also, scroll down to the comments to let us know how you think Aston Martin will do in WEC this year.